From cbc news:

NASA’s first asteroid-sampling spacecraft, equipped with sophisticated Canadian mapping technology, took off Thursday night to cheering crowds gathered to witness the start of its seven-year quest.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off at 7:05 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Perched on top of the 19-story rocket was NASA’s robot explorer OSIRIS-REx, built by Lockheed Martin to carry out the seven-year, $1- billion mission to and from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.

 

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